Aesthetic-- plays around the track and "backyard" of a middle school. Course is closed during school hours (as it should be) so just watch for runners on the track.
Teesigns--- good, descriptive and accurate
Variety-- a littlea everything here. long 400'ers, wooded ace runs, wooded 400' fairways... great variety.
Baskets-- all but #1 were in good repair. #1 was pretty wonky, the basket portion was off kilter severely.
Routing and nav-- fairly easy with the map. the routing from #1 to #2 made zero sense, everything else flowed relatively well.
Challenge-- the challenge factor here is relatively low. with the exception of the river holes, there is really no risk v reward.
Age-appropriateness-- I have to agree with mashnut, this course is not overly appropriate for middle school aged kids. the 3 400+' holes seem like they would be a bit of a turn off for the younger crowd.
teepads-- muddy messes. the ones in the woods had two blocks to denote a throw line but none of the others did.
decent fun little 15 minute course.
Needs some love
Pros: Fun 9 hole layout. Favorite holes are 1, 6, 7 (wooded holes)
Innova baskets are a change from the normal Michigan scene. Being from the South we see yellow bands often. **note: I really have enjoyed the DGA baskets. The newer style catch really well. I prefer the visibility of Innova baskets.
Wind presents a challenge here.
Not very buggy or muddy compared to other courses in the area. Muddy is relative to recent rain however.
Cons: There seems to be no direction with this course. As a designer and caretaker myself, it takes time and maintenance to keep a course at a quality level. Not championship level but competitive requires some upkeep. I'd like to see some changes here to make it more challenging and less monotonous.
Other Thoughts: My suggestions: Hole 2 could have a cut through lane in the woods to eliminate another ordinary righty hyzer. Hole 5's tee should be moved behind 4's basket if walking in a straight line from 4's tee. Eliminate another unnecessarily long right hyzer by cutting a longer shot through the woods. Why have woods if you don't use them? Hole 9, despite the prettiness of the hole, is really a mess. It presents a long walk back to 1. Flow is very important. The flow here is great but the loop back to 1 has to be considered in flow. I would throw from the current 9 tee but 90 degrees right, facing the practice basket. Then I would move 9's basket to the group of trees that are short of the practice basket and ball diamond. This adds to the flow and makes a great finishing hole.
Add dual tee pads to make 18 holes.
With some love, this could be a gem. Someone please hear my suggestions and put them in action.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays around the perimeter of a middle school's athletic fields. 5 of the holes play mostly out in the open, though most of them bring some thick rough into play on the left side (the course plays clockwise). 3 holes play through thick woods with shorter technical shots. The final hole plays through more mature trees with the school on one side and rough on the other. This makes for a decent variety, especially with a few of the pins tucked nicely into the edge of the rough.
There is some distance variety too, with everything from technical ace runs in the woods to a couple 400'+ holes where you can open up and throw some longer drives. A water hazard comes into play along one hole adding some risk. The baskets are in fine shape (other than the practice basket), and the tee signs are informative with hole distance and layout. The flow of the course is easy to follow.
Cons: My biggest issue with this course isn't actually something that hurt my rating (the opposite in fact). I enjoyed the challenges but the course isn't very appropriate for middle school aged kids trying out the sport. I would rather see an interesting but more beginner friendly course here that wouldn't frustrate new players with distance. The three long holes could be broken up to make a 12 hole course that would still be a lot of fun and offer a better length and difficulty for new players.
The course is a little rough, with natural pads that are a bit rutted out and can get muddy. The wooded holes were a bit overgrown and could use a little cleaning up. The course would not be playable during school hours or extra-curricular activities.
Other Thoughts: This is an ok stop if you're in the area, or a good way to pass the time if you want to wait out a long line at the border crossing. There are some nice challenges, with some technical shots and some long placement shots that will keep experienced players on their toes. Beginners will find a few of the holes pretty long, and the rough can be pretty punitive of errant shots.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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